ANGELCORPSE were one of the most crucial bands to bring back the Death Metal cult back in the second half of the 90’s. Gene Palubicki did a great job bringing back his experience while being in that unmerciful and violent band.
Can you recall what bands grabbed your interest back in the 80's and at which point you've decided to play a guitar? Did it take long before you have discovered a whole Underground Metal scene. Were you involved in tape trading?
In my early teenage years, probably around 1985 I'd begun to move away for some of the things I was busy with as a child and at some point music and in particular heavy metal / hard rock stuff seemed to grab me the most. There was at least enough negative stuff going on with me in social interactive things so the darker heavy music seemed to be taking me the most. So when I gravitated towards things like those early SLAYER albums, or maybe EXODUS and CELTIC FROST, was right at home and since I was deep into this stuff and not so social a person, my development on learning how to play a guitar was rooted heavily in all this stuff. Whereas other young people I knew who were beginning wanted to learn songs of all the popular "Headbangers ball MTV" stuff so they could "fit in". There were a few people I knew that did a lot of dubbed cassette trading during those times. I'd gotten things like HELLHAMMER and SODOM demos, SLAUGHTER LORD demo, and even things like MORBID ANGEL (demos) and various live boot tapes of various bands/etc. I was also fortunate that near my hometown as a teenager happened to have a fine stock of metal records, lots of import stuff(at the time) so early on I knew all the German bands and Brazilian bands, and even the notorious Wild Rags label titles. So it was early on in my developing as a musician that many of the (at the time) obscure releases were available to me.
I know of your involvement in IMPIETY (not the one from Singapore obviously). You have recorded guitars, bass and vocals on their second demo "Desponded Ecstasies" in 1992. Was it your first band? How much were you able to materialize your above-mentioned influencies in IMPIETY? Why did it appear to be such a short-lived co-operation? Funny is that after a few years the Singaporean IMPIETY cited ANGELCORPSE as one of their main influences.
IMPIETY was a word i'd seen pop up a few times in my late teens in books and whatnot. At the time I was completely unaware of the band from Singapore. The first demo was basically me and a drum machine, mostly the same on second demo but with a live drummer. The fledgling lineup of the band at that time by 1992 all wanted to pull in different ways so the band basically collapsed before anything further could develop. There was barely any music fully developed there so I can't say that a clear full amount of my influences really show in that stuff. Some of the riffs of those songs would later appear in a few tracks on the first ANGELCORPSE record which that album displayed much more of ALL the stuff I was into. Basically the droning attack of SODOM/BATHORY, solos of CELTIC FROST/SLAYER, blast and fast drums of NAPALM DEATH/MORBID ANGEL/etc. I still of course attempt to make nods to all that formative stuff for me even in my most recent stuff in PERDITION TEMPLE.
You were a founding member of ANGELCORPSE in 1995. Were you doing anything musically in the years 1992-95 apart from playing at home?
That was probably my darkest period. Having the initial band fall apart so rapidly, I became desperate to find new people to play with/start a band with. I was making 100 mile drives to meet up with potential interested musicians so many had a very destitute and apathetic attitude and things were not developing at all. Interesting chain of events had started in 91' that would lead to ANGELCORPSE and its members. Even members were not there at the start of it all. In 1991 when I had only the first IMPIETY demo with the drum machine, I'd attended the USA Milwaukee Metal Fest of that year, the original big annual metal festival in the USA. I was there with the demo to attempt to find people to share my tape with to see what connections I'd make/etc. ORDER FROM CHAOS had played that year and I'd given a tape to one of their members. Either Chuck or Pete... A few months later Pete and I started corresponding by letter mail (no email in those time yet) and kept up for the next years even while IMPIETY was still stumbling along. Then we'd not spoke in a while and in late 1994-early 1995 at a small Minnesota metal fest a band from Omaha, Nebraska played the city I was living in called XENOMORPH. The bass player of the band, Bill Taylor, was handing out flyers of stuff and he happened to have fliers of a new OFC release 10" vinyl (Plateau of Invincibility). It prompted me to get back in touch with Pete again to order the record. When he mailed it to me the letter included talked about a bunch of upcoming OFC releases which were to become "Dawn Bringer" and much after the fact "An Ending in Fire" and the most striking thing in the letter was the mention that despite all this new material pending release, the band was ending! I'd always been a fan of OFC and especially Pete's vocals on "Stillbirth Machine", so I was immediately hit with the idea of sending him tapes of riffs I was developing at that point. Basically rough arrangements of what would appear on the ANGELCORPSE demo from 1996 he was into it so I dropped everything where I was living and left for the city he lived. Interesting that about 1 year or so later Bill from XENOMORPH also became a member.
The city you are talking was Kansas City. Obviously the middle 90's was a bad time for Death Metal. Were there any good numbers of the genre's fans in Kansas having such an exceptional band as ORDER FROM CHAOS coming from this area? Did you play any gigs at that point or rather focused on writing new songs?
It was an anomaly that a band of the sort like OFC would even come to be in that place as there was literally no following for the type of music there... no shows... nothing... even as ANGELCORPSE began to grow with time we still never had any compulsion to do shows in the city we lived, so for the most part we just bided our time for events in other regions.
The first line up of ANGELCORPSE was you taking care of guitars, Pete Helmkamp on bass and vocals and John Longstreth on drums. Who came up with the band's name? I remember back in the 90's some people thought of ANGELCORPSE as a band mainly inspired by MORBID ANGEL and CANNIBAL CORPSE. The former inspiration is quite obvious but the latter..?
The name was a sort of revolt against the common way at the time that bands were either using foreign language words to name their bands or names that sounded like titles to poem collections. So as a stab at the popular "new" band name trend I threw out what sounded like some buried/forgotten band name from an old tape traders list... it actually was just common words you'd see in many ignored/obscure bands from the late 80's..etc... It was NOT any particular "wink" to ANY "Angel" or "Corpse" bands of the time...
It didn't take long till you have finished the process of recording ANGELCORPSE the only demo "Goats to Azazel" in early 1996. What was the reaction of the UG for those four tracks that later ended up on your debut album? I'm asking because many mainstream medias only showed an interest after "Exterminate" was out, kind of ignoring "Hammer of Gods" at first.
Our "Rome" was NOT built in a day! I was doing massive promo packs with the demo sent all around the world to bands/zines/etc. There were some that thought it was great and some thought it the worst ever. Even the same to some extent with the firstt album. We were NOT doing the gore grind thing nor were we doing the European "black metal" thing, not even really anything in between either. We were blending the best of what we felt came from all the stuff, we were always into and the sound that emerged was never forced or calculated/etc. I think at the start many figured we'd just go away after the first album and after "Exterminate" came out and we went even more aggressive and violent, many of the doubters started to see things our way.
You are right saying that the press and many fans had to "accustom" to the ANGELCORPSE's music as "Exterminate" is a logic continuation of "Hammer of Gods". You said that you kept sending lots of packages with your demo. Was Herve of Osmose Productions one of the receivers? How do you value a co-operation with this French label from the perspective of time?
Yes, OSMOSE was one of them that got a tape. We had a print catalogue of theirs around and we saw they were selling bands demo tapes so we figured maybe to have the demo sold in there. We sent the tape along with an order for some shirts and stuff... DON'T EVER SEND YOUR DEMO TO A LABEL WITH AN ORDER FOR ITEMS! After about a month and no show for our order we complained to the label about the delay on the shirts/CD’s. The reason it was delayed was because since a cassette was in the envelope it got dumped into the demo submission pile... a few days later we got an offer for the albums and about a week later our stuff we ordered arrived! With the contract! There are way too many good things that came from the relations ANGELCORPSE had with OSMOSE, especially for involvements in getting over to Europe those times in the mid/late 90's.
I actually remember seeing ANGELCORPSE in 1998 or 1999 in Katowice (Poland) on the tour with MARDUK (ENTHRONED was expected but didn't appear on that date). The crowd of the Polish maniacs went wild. What kind of memories from touring Europe in those years and was the reaction towards your music more enthusiastic on the Old Continent compared to the States?
That was on the 7 week tour we did with MARDUK in 99'. Those were some insane shows in the best way! The organization and awareness of events and the music in Europe had always been much more tuned into what was happening so events were usually a lot stronger. In the USA many of the locations for shows were so loosely arranged that often promo and management of events was sloppy. But still that is not to say that all the shows in the USA were not a great time as well, just a lot more "busy" sorts of problems to deal with in the behind the scenes on a daily basis.
Prior to recording your first full-length the line-up was completed with already mentioned by you, Bill Taylor from XENOMORPH. Has he had any impact on the song-writing for either of the first two albums? How was it like to play with him as a double-axe attack?
Bill came into the band not long after the recordings of the first album. He co-wrote one song with me on the "Exterminate" album called "That Which Lies Upon" it was/is always great to have like-minded players in the fold. It creates the feeling of "unity" that feeds into the energy of live shows and for being able to develop musical and other stuff for the band.
It would be very simplifying to call the style of ANGELCORPSE Death Metal especially in the 90's category of that term. What kind of influences were you trying to employ within your riffs, solos or general atmosphere present in your music?
Most of the stuff I mentioned earlier about bands that influenced me, from my side I wanted the filth of say BATHORY "The return" the warped riffing CELTIC FROST "To mega therion" and the blasting attack of NAPALM DEATH or MORBID ANGEL (yes, the DRUMS from MA were the most influence) and also for solos the crazed CELTIC FROST noise and rapid speed of solos from SLAYER. Really not much has changed for me over the years.
Still in 1996 "Hammer of Darkness" has been out. How do you see your debut from the hindsight? Even though the sound is slightly muddy, there are such devastating tracks as the opener "Consecration", "When Abyss Will Return" or "Sodomy Curse". Do you still happen to listen to this album or any other ANGELCORPSE release?
"Consecration", "Black Solstice", and "When Abyss Winds Return" have always been my favorites from that album. Two of those we played live most of the time even on the 2007-2008 tours. I really liked "Soulflayer" but I thought it was better done on the demo, despite the trashy sound of the demo session. Even the first album had its sound issues/mix issues/etc but it was a clear statement of intent of where we were and did go.
ANGELCORPSE was not afraid to record your own versions of the 80's classics and two of them "Burning in Hell" and "Pleasure to Kill" just perfectly sum up "Hammer of Gods". You've recorded even more of the classics at various moments. Which cover tunes have you played live or during rehearsals but were never recorded?
Most of the cover versions commissioned by a label for tribute album series in the mid/late 90's. The POSSESSED, SARCOFAGO, MORBID ANGEL were done independently and later appeared on compilations. We never really did the cover tracks live. PERDITION TEMPLE has now done a cover of BLASPHEMY "Weltering in Blood" which appears as the b-side of our "Sovereign of the Desolate" 7", we might do this live occasionally...
Over the course of 1997 you added two releases to ANGELCORPSE's discography in the forms of 7" vinyls for Evr Records. What was the purpose of issuing "Nuclear Hell" and "Wolflust" singles as both of them contained only tracks already known from your debut though "Envenomed" and "Sodomy Curse" appeared in the live versions. Did you simply grab a chance to have some extra vinyl appearances?
TThe "Wolflust" and POSSESSED cover appeared in 1997 and did not appear joined with "Hammer of Gods" until the 99' reissue at the time that "Inexorable" was released. The split we did with MARTIRE in 1999 sold out of its 500 copies so quickly that the digipack second (my preferred edition) of "Inexorable" had those included. So all of them appeared originally as their own separate releases...
With the coming of your sophomore album "Exterminate" you just nailed the ANGELCORPSE style. The songs on this album are even more violent, a bit longer with plenty of riff and tempo changes. I remember that the second full-length made a huge impact in the Underground and suddenly everyone was aware of the existence of the band. Did you realize while writing those 8 tracks that they will bring a legendary status to ANGELCORPSE in the future?Next one of your releases was "Live Necroism" split with a Warsaw's Thrash long-time warriors EMPHERIS that was glued to the mighty Total Death 'zine. Were you happy with only 100 copies? After all it was only a live split. In this place I would like to ask you about your own metalized editorial experiences and do you prefer to read zines or webzines while s(h)itting on a white throne?
By the time we got around to the writing of the second album we had really tapped into the nature of what we really wanted to do. We seemed to feel best when everything was a full on attack, unlike most death metal of the period that seemed bent on "break downs" and confused arrangements. We revealed in the fact that our fast songs would have mid sections that would actually get more intense and be songs of almost 6 minutes it created an oppressive atmosphere of inescapability. Songs like "Reap the Whirlwind" really spell it all out. The first album was by no means any sort of commercial success by the standards of the day, so when it came to writing the second album material we had no delusions of crafting a "breakthrough" album. So the "freedom" we employed in our writing really exploded in this collection of songs... and yes, the response was quite good, and at that point loud mouth detractors were finding themselves on the outside as this renewed dark/aggressive style took shape. It wasn't long after our rising that other bands like KRISIUN, HATE ETERNAL, or even NILE began to get noticed as they seemed to adopt a total attack style as well...
"Exterminte" became a big inspiration for many bands that belong to the so called War Metal sub-genre such as IMPIETY, SPEARHEAD or INFERNAL WAR. Do you think that such term has the right to exist or you see them all as a part of extreme Black / Death Metal? Were you also influenced by the bands that somehow created War Metal like HOLOCAUSTO, BLASPHEMY, BESTIAL WARLUST or CONQUEROR?
Aside from old bands I'd mentioned previously all of those like BLASPHEMY, NUCLEAR DEATH, BESTIAL WARLUST were all favorites of mine as well. CONQUEROR came around a bit after we were busy, but they carried well the tradition of the real exploding violent black/death metal and naturally all the classic Brazilian and South American bands like VULCANO, HOLOCAUSTO, CHAKAL, SARCOFAGO, HADEZ, MUTILATOR, GOATPENIS have been strong longtime favorites and there have been so many numerous bands in the wake of ANGELCORPSE like IMPIETY, SPEARHEAD, INFERNAL WAR, HACAVITZ, and MANY others that have openly indicated an influence of ANGELCORPSE stuff that have done some incredible works of their own so I'm quite proud to have contributed in any way to the forwarding of these types of sounds, if not in just my own works, but through the inspiring of others to take the sounds to their own place!
Since the beginning the band's lyrics were dealing with war, oppression, might and total annihilation. Did you participate to what Pete was coming with lyric-wise or he had a free hand with this part of ANGELCORPSE's creativity? Did you ever have a chance to read his books "Controlled Burn" or "The Conqueror Manifesto"?
Pete had his own style for constructing his lyrics so for the most part he did all of that often I might come up with an idea for a subject/title and then he'd go and write something to that. A song like "Christhammer" would be an example. My idea was what would you call an inversion of the hunting of heretics opposed to "Christ"? Since the Witch Hammer was the common name for that part of history, my idea for a song title was "Christhammer". Basically a reverse of the ideals and motivations and the same form of blood reparations to be reaped. There were others that came about in a similar way I used to have CONTROLLED burn but it was lost long ago. It was a pamphlet like thing. I do have the embossed cover book (second edition) of CONQUEROR MANIFESTO... Interesting stuff with lots of references to how all the subject matter ties into various parts of world history and cultural comparisons.
For many bands that consider themselves Death Metal lyrics are only a necessary addition without any deeper meaning, just extreme words to fit in the extreme music. How important are the lyrics for you not only in ANGELCORPSE but also in the rest of your bands? Do you pay much attention to lyrics while listening to Extreme Metal?
I like the lyrics to create a picture of a thought/idea. I don't like stuff that is just mumbo jumbo ranting and often when I knew/know of particular subject matter I'm dealing with, I would/will construct an element in the music to attempt to reflect the idea as well. Sort of like a film composer writing music for a scene for subjects. I always stay within things that interest me, things that reveal real world elements from history and man’s place behind such events, and also since I'm not swayed to any particular religious or theological group I explore topics of humans "fascination" to those ideas and the depths or heights they allow themselves to be taken to and the results that can come from them. I think I've always liked best the bands from my past/present that are able to merge lyrics and music in a way that is seamless.
Prior to recording of your third album, Bill Taylor and John Longstreth have left the band, the latter being replaced by Tony Laureano behind the drum kit. What was the reason behind those changes? Do you feel "The Inexorable" line-up was the ultimate in the case of ANGELCORPSE?
It became clear during the recording sessions of the "Exterminate" album that (at that time) John was just not able to really pull off the sort of stuff that was needed to continue with the band. We had a hard time with the drums in the studio, heavy editing/etc, so we knew live it would be impossible. While we were recording the album we met up with Tony Laureano and began correspondence. After that when we got back home from the album sessions and the touring plans began Tony came to mind right away as someone who could easily do everything we were after so John was released from the line-up and Tony took the seat. All the shows/tours done for "Exterminate" were with Tony. In the case of Bill's departure, after the "Exterminate" tours and other whatnot things got a bit distracted in working on new stuff and it was decided that I would be the sole guitarist on the forthcoming album. After "The Inexorable" touring in USA/Europe with some stand in live guitarists things came around again and Bill was back in the fold. Unfortunately it was only another brief USA tour later in early 2000 that the band folded. Multiple odd reasons for that but nothing to go on about. Suffice to say that push/pull sort of tensions arose to a level enough to make continuance futile at that stage. I do think that if the band would have held together at that point with myself/Pete/Tony/Bill that we could have developed something really strong but it is all conjecture now and all of us have been active in other ways since... and of course now Bill and I are active together again in PERDITION TEMPLE.
After the "Exterminate" you didn't waste the time coming with an apocalyptic beast called "The Inexorable". It's a perfect follow-up which made clear that ANGELCORPSE is one of the most deadly forces within the extreme Metal league. I actually love all eight tracks and I think that "Stormgods Unbound" and "Wolflust" are for "The Inexorable" the same what "Christhammer" and "Phalleluyah" were for "Exterminate". Also they are songs number 1 and 4 on the album's running order. What would you say about this statement. Which album do you like better nowadays?
I'd mentioned my favorites from "Hammer of Gods" and also "Reap the Whirlwind" from the second album. And also from the 2nd album are "Phalleluja" and "Christhammer". From the 3rd album favorites are "Stormgods Unbound", "Solar Wills", and "As Predator to Prey". Those are all standouts to me from those original 3 albums and collectively encompass the strengths of what I was trying to accomplish at those times. So no one album weighs up more than another.
Can you mention all the tours that you've made to promote "The Inexorable" and at which point did you realize that this is the last tour of the group?
In 1999 we did a co-headline tour with INCANTATION and as support for their first time in USA we had KRISIUN that was about a month long, and also the 7 week tour in Europe as support for MARDUK. Then in 2000 we did a mixed tour of about a month with IMMORTAL, KRISIUN, and SATYRICON. Even prior to that last tour a bit of creative and directive tensions were emerging and a few other straining events occurred with members and shortly after returning from that last tour Pete decided to step away from the band. During the "off" years we busied ourselves with other activities. Pete developed some experimental noise/metal hybrid stuff in the form of TERROR ORGAN and later FELDGRAU (Bill was involved there) and then after that he joined REVENGE. I had attempted to start a small record label and put out a few releases, but that went inactive going into 2003. It was during 2003-2006 that the bulk of material was written by me that would form into the 2007 "Of Lucifer and Lightning" album, as well as the 2010 debut PERDITION TEMPLE album, "Edict of the Antichrist Elect", and the 2008 BLASPHEMIC CRUELTY "Devil's Mayhem" album. Basically from 2000-2007 this is the backstory. Flash forward to 2007 and the 4th ANGELCORPSE album is released.
There is one important switch between the second and the third album which is using of the 7-strings guitars instead of 6. Can you give some idea how this switch influenced the whole sound?
I wanted to have the added variation of the "normal" known sound of the band and also introduce a more deeper- tuned sound as well for stuff. The 7 sting enabled that and it has been in use by me ever since.
You've mentioned about running a label for a while. Can you give some details about this period of your activities? Which releases of your label do you consider the best? I know you helped a lot of bands (Embrace of Thorns featured in this issue being a good example) in the past. Do you still feel the need to keep yourself updated in what's coming up in the extreme Underground?
The label I did had 3 actual releases. ABHORRENCE(Bra) full length, OPHIOLATRY debut full length and a Texas band called REIGN OF TERROR. Just before I stopped the label I'd funded the recording of the DEMONIZED (Mex) full length. I sold that one to Osmose Productions and it saw release through that label. Flash forward to now, I still keep an eye on many new things that come out but it is quite sure that I won't ever attempt some sort of label activity again.
Despite the relatively successful second and third album the band decided to call it quit still in 1999. Was it clear while recording "The Inexorable" that this is going to be probably the last album of ANGELCORPSE? How important was your initial decision of making only 3 albums in this decision?
It was no choice on my part to end the band at that time. Pete chose to leave the band, a bit of which reasons I mentioned earlier and then the drummer Tony very quickly was contacted by the band NILE to join them. So the line-up was completely broken at that point. I never had any intention of some sort of 3 album only plan.
Still in that year one more ANGELCORPSE's release saw the light of the day in the form of your 7" vinyl split with the Aussie maniacs MARTIRE. How this one came to be? Did you keep in touch with the MARTIRE guys for a while? I for once think that it was a perfect choice for a band to share a split with ANGELCORPSE. Their debut "Brutal Legions of the Apocalypse" from 2012 is one of the best Death Metal albums I heard for a while!
There were some cover track sessions we'd done just prior to "The Inexorable" while in that session we decided to record a new version of a track off the first album. We originally planned on just doing our own 7" but then the idea to do a split with MARTIRE came about through correspondence with them since they had a few current recordings going at that time. If you like the old MCD of MARTIRE and also the 2012 full length, try to find the split cd with THRONEUM, as it contains the 7" tracks as well as early versions of several songs that ended up on the 2012 album...
I'm always trying to reach (or release) anything by THRONEUM (one of my favourite bands) but I think this split might be long sold out. Right after ANGELCORPSE have disbanded you had a short episode in ANAL BLAST. Can you comment on that? Was it only a rehearsal / live gigs experience? Because I don't think you've managed to record anything for them.
In 1999 I was visiting a girlfriend at the time to spend the millennium New Year with her. Some of the members of the ANAL BLAST band were recording some cover songs and gave me some money to help in the recording session. I was never any member of that band, I just happened to be in town around the time and was something else to do for a night. Internet buffoons have since made it look like I joined the band for a while, most of those recordings never emerged in a release anyways. Only a VENOM cover. There were also some KREATOR and MORBID ANGEL ones.
As you said within the next few years of the 2000's you were mainly working on what ended up on "Of Lucifer and Lightning" and "Edict of the Antichrist Elect". Who actually came up with the idea of ANGELCORPSE reunion? Was it planned to keep recording more albums at first?
Right up to the "11th hour" there was intended to be a 5th ANGELCORPSE album but close to the time we were planning out making it. Musical directions and motivations began to differ enough between myself and Pete to the point that neither of us would have made an album that we both wanted. So instead of just making some paint by numbers version of an album we decided to end the band permanently so that our individual desired directions could be put into our own works. Mine continued in the form of PERDITION TEMPLE and his briefly emerged as KERASPHOROUS.
KERASPHOROUS is one of a hell band although short-lived. Do you find anything interesting for you in the other Pete's incarnations or they might be already too chaotic for your likings?
I didn't really much get into the TERROR ORGAN stuff but the later FELDGRAU project was a bit more interesting and of course the previous band of his ORDER FROM CHAOS I'd liked as well... Too bad that KERASPHOROUS was not able to endure (they’re back again, Dominik).
I consider "Of Lucifer and Lightning" as a worthy part of the ANGELCORPSE discography although I don't play this album as often as the two previous ones. I've got an impression that the sound could be a bit better. What are your feelings towards the fourth album today?
A lot of folks commented on the sound of the OLAL album... we aimed for the best sound we could get from what we had on hand. Fools would have expected us to have some sound like big budget Nuclear Blast / Century Media / Metal Blade / Season of Mist releases and ALL of the ANGELCORPSE albums had some sort of audio limitations or oddities on them, so balancing OLAL against the audio on the old albums it has much about it that was improved over old records of that band. For some of the songs on the OLAL album I aimed for some really old style stuff like a bit of real primitive SODOM moments and whatnot. I think many were expecting "Inexorable 2" or something and that was not what my motivations to do were.
I wouldn't say that the typical sound of the above mentioned labels' bands would suit ANGELCORPSE music as ANGELCORPSE is the hammer of Antichrist and the trumpet of apocalypse. I still don't get why some folk is complaining so much about "Of Lucifer and Lightning" as there is quite a few of strong tracks here. Do you care about this kind of critics at all?
The reviews all didn't really matter. We'd had bad reviews for all the old albums as well. It never impacted how we went about things and when we did the touring cycle for the OLAL album the songs we played live went over just as well as any of the old material. In fact that tour for OLAL was probably the best the band had ever had for crowd response.
It's quite obvious that fans were hungry of ANGELCORPSE's music at that point. Can you share some details about your last tours in America and Europe with bands like REVENGE, CEMETERY URN or GOSPEL OF THE HORNS (would love to see such line-ups!)? Would you say that over those years of your absence the live situation much improved in the States for the band?
In the 2007-2008 tours the only thing that I really noticed having some impact was people awareness of events through things like myspace and facebook/etc. Iit used to be only if you lived in a particular city/area that you were aware of events. Now someone 12,000 miles away might know about you shows so in many cases there were attendees that may arrive from longer distances to an event both in Europe and USA which on the flip side of all this there is also the presence of 1000 new bands per month all clouding up the visible space that previously was reserved for ACTUAL active bands that had material beyond rehearsal demos. Now any bedroom recordings might have as equal visibility as hard wrought REAL recordings and product. The tours with the combinations of bands during 2007-2008 were some of the finest we could have asked for full force line-ups that were not reaching for alternate sorts of an audience with the success of the ANGELCORPSE/REVENGE/ARKHON INFAUSTUS tour in 2008 it proved, especially in Europe that an entire tour line-up of all harsh and violent type bands could generate large turnouts and here in the USA we had the bands you mentioned as well as the very first series of shows done by the band NEGATIVE PLANE were included on 5 shows as part of the tour we did with WATAIN, which had been that bands 1st time in the USA.
I understand that no another come back of ANGELCORPSE is being considered (but who knows? maybe 20th anniversary of "Exterminate" world tour or one-off gig somewhere?). How would you like to sum up the story of one of the most important Extreme Metal band ever? Just one thing that came to my mind is your recording of "Exterminate" in Morrisound at the same time that MORBID ANGEL was recording "Formulas Fatal to the Flesh". I imagine that the studio must have been destroyed to the pieces and needed serious refurbishment.
Even though we've been asked about it on several occasions there are no plans for any reunion tour/etc. from my side the musical vision I put into ANGELCORPSE has never actually gone away. It no longer functions under that name due to key member changes, but has in any other way continued in my work through PERDITION TEMPLE... Yeah, MORBID ANGEL were mixing that album while we recorded mixed ours in the next room. The studio owners were really having an awful time of it. You know the albums, so the sounds coming out of either room of the place were a constant overkill of violent metal blur, great times…